Optimal State Mental Health 2: Mental Health & Yoga Case Studies Practicum Course (Online)

MH 2: Mental Health & Yoga Case Studies Practicum (Online)

Who this is for: Yoga Teachers, Yoga Therapists that want CE’s in area of therapeutic yoga

The purpose of this 20-hour online training program is to create an opportunity for yoga teachers and yoga therapists to go over case studies with an expert in the field of yoga therapy.


Course Description:
Each week will be a new case study, including:

  • an intake form
  • a description of the case involving a mental health issue
  • the biomedical information that is pertinent to the case
  • the yogic and ayurvedic theory that is pertinent to the case
  • provide an outline of the therapeutic plan that was given to the client
  • a discussion of the theoretical aspects of the case study.

Topics Covered:
Yoga Psychology
Yoga for Childhood Trauma
Yoga for Adult onset Trauma
Yoga & Anxiety
Yoga for Insomnia
Yoga for Depression
Yoga & Addiction
Yoga & Mental Health


Learning Objectives:

  1. Students will learn how to understand the case study from a yogic and ayurvedic theoretical perspective
  2. Students will learn how to do an appropriate intake for yoga therapy session
  3. Students will refine individualized assessment skills based on yoga and Ayurveda theory
  4. Students will understand how to write a therapeutic plan that corresponds to the individualized assessment

Course Sections:

Yoga Foundations
Includes yoga philosophy based on Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Bhagavad Gita; yoga teachings about the nature of mind, the guna-s or forces of nature; and the yogic framework for health and disease including the pañcamaya system, the 4-step model of healing, cakras, vayu-s, etc.

Biomedical and Psychological Foundations
Includes the anatomy and physiology of the brain and related physical body. We will review of various commonly-encountered conditions from the allopathic point of view; mechanisms of disease, treatment options and prognosis to facilitate integration of yoga therapy with conventional medicine; psychological concepts and mental health conditions; and stages of human development – physical, social and emotional. This section will also include the ayurvedic/samkhya framework of disease and healing and ayurvedic/samkhya subtle anatomy. Additionally, it will include western Psychology and Psychophysiology.

Teaching and Therapeutic Skills
Includes principles of establishing the teacher-student relationship; communication skills including listening and giving feedback; teaching methods for group and individual classes; and adjusting teaching for learning style differences. This course will also focus experiencing the effects of asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting and bhavana techniques for different physical illnesses and pathologies (as applied to the individual person).

We will discuss modifications for asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting and bhavana and how they apply to individuals and the disease process. Contraindications will also be discussed for all of the techniques. We will also prepare the students for their practicum experience by having classroom role-playing for intakes, writing courses for short- and long-term goals, and teaching yoga therapy practices to other students in the cohort.

Yoga Tools and their Application
Includes teaching actual clients asana, pranayama, dhyana and chanting; skills of a yoga therapist (intake and assessment, observation, eliciting goals and expectations, and providing instruction) and therapy course planning for short- and long-term goals (selection of appropriate tools, sequencing and modification over time.) We will bring in live clients to work with from the community to be yoga therapy clients. This work will be the essence of the course. Hands-on application of asana, pranayama, dhyana and chanting is the specialty of our program.

Professional Ethics and Practices
Includes ethics (personal integrity, ethics of a therapist including knowing when referral is the best option); knowledge of regulatory laws and good business practices; the value of personal professional development; and the value of saṅgha (community).


Course Location:
Online Zoom platform, 9-10AM PST

Course Start Dates(Yearly):
Feb 7 2020 – June 19 2020
Feb 5 2021 – June 18 2021
Feb 4 2022 – June 17 2022
Feb 3 2023 – June 16 2023

Optimal State MH2 Mental Health & Yoga Case Studies Practicum APD- PDF

Mental Health 2: Mental Health & Yoga Case Studies Practicum Application

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